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American Trails presents "Electric Bicycles: A Primer on the Technology & Land Manager Tools" as a part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series"



Electric Bicycles: A Primer on the Technology & Land Manager Tools

American Trails presented this Webinar on November 9, 2017 with Morgan Lommele with PeopleForBikes and Chris Bernhardt with C2 Recreation Consulting. This webinar explores E-bikes transportation and recreation options on public lands.


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E-bikes represent a bicycle-like transportation and recreation option on public lands. E-bikes reduce vehicle use and emissions, increase opportunities to bicycle for individuals with physical barriers, and provide a unique, emissions- and noise-free recreation activity.


The user base for electric bicycles grows annually, e-bikes are the fastest growing segment of the bicycle market. E-bikes are used on-road but also frequently off-road on motorized trails, with a user desire to use e-bikes on non-motorized trails. Land managers are faced with e-bike management decisions, but most agencies do not have a policy for eMTB access. This webinar covers the basics on e-bikes (what they are, who rides one, technical specifications), regulatory options, what areas currently allow them, resource and user studies, management examples, and tools, reports, studies and case studies. Of particular interest to land managers will be an overview on the eMTB Land Manager Handbook, a guide to environmentally and socially sustainable management of eMTBs, developed in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, and which provides general classification of eMTBs, best management practices associated with methods of travel, and land use planning and implementation considerations.





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Morgan Lommele manages the joint partnership between the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and PeopleForBikes to improve access for people who want to ride electric bicycles and electric mountain bikes. This work involves coordinating strategic state-by-state advocacy campaigns; representing the bicycle industry in policy negotiations; building relationships with and between policy makers, non-profits, academia, and industry partners; writing letters, blog posts, planning documents, and memos; and tracking electric bicycle-related legislative and policy issues. Morgan holds B.A.s in International Affairs, Sociology and German from the University of Colorado, and a M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. Email:




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Chris Bernhardt, with C2 Recreation Consulting, has a passion for sharing the outdoors with others. Using his 30 years in the AEC industry he has developed model trail projects in locations from Switzerland to China, creating facilities that tangibly improve people’s lives through recreation. Email:

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